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Fri, 19th Apr 2013

Biological test for ADHD?

Dr Sam Chamberlain, Cambridge University

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Hannah -   Could we use these chemical and structural brain changes in ADHD to help develop biological markers that could help with the diagnosis of the disorder?  Back to Sam…

Sam -   I think this is a very exciting area.  As I said, the diagnoses of PET Image of the human brain showing energy consumptionADHD requires quite a detailed assessment and we don’t always get it right.  So, there is an on-going search for what we call ‘endophenotypes’.  Actually, what it means is it’s an intermediate marker.  So, it’s a biomarker.  It might be a measure of your cognitive abilities.  It might be a measure of your brain structure that you might work out using a simple brain scan.  And what we hope is that we’ll be able to develop techniques to get more objective diagnoses of ADHD so you might come in to the laboratory and do some different cognitive tests, maybe have a brain scan and we can use that information to help us clarify what the diagnosis is and work out what treatment will be best for you.

Hannah -   Promising experimental results that might help with the diagnosis of ADHD in the future. 

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